Friday, February 17, 2023

The joy of listening to David Murray

One of my favorite musicians when I first discovered jazz in the 1980s was tenor saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and composer David Murray. I saw him live with Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition and the World Saxophone Quartet. When I moved to Europe in 1991, he went off my radar a bit (though I have seen him twice since then), but in the last few days, after once again enjoying his duo album with pianist Aki Takase, "Cherry Sakura", I've been listening to all my Murray albums, and just now my morning has been made by the beautiful version of his "Flowers for Albert" on his 1982 David Murray Octet album "Murray's Steps". (Andrew Shields, #111words, 17 February 2023)



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